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Restoration work to continue

The West Liberty Town Hall Restoration Committee has completed its first phase of work and is ready to move on to the next phase of restoration of the building at 201 N. Detroit St.

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ABOVE: This painting sits behind the curtain of the Opera House in the West Liberty Town Hall. Part of the restorations will involve making this area of the building usable again. FRONTA PAGE PHOTO: The top floor of the West Liberty Town Hall houses the Opera House. The restoration of this area will be the third and final phase of the Town Hall Restoration. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | CARRIE ELLINGTON)

The committee is a part of the West Liberty Historical Society.

The first phase included repairing and repainting the bell tower, replacing the roof and gutters, replacing windows to match the original appearance, and purchasing the Town Hall Annex for the fire department to use.

The committee now needs $199,000 to complete the second phase of the project. More than half of the money has been given or pledged already. The committee hopes to have the rest by Sept. 1.

“The community has never really jumped at spending money. They are gracious and kind, and have been very generous, but we have had to work at it. You have to go up to people and ask for it, and often people are willing to donate,” says Grayson Atha, one of the committee members.  

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